Blogs from Ashanti, Ghana, Africa - page 18


Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi August 27th 2008

Hei alle.. Saa har jeg vaeret i ghana i 6 dage, og kommet frem til en familie.. det er ikke den familie jeg skal bo i, for min familie er paa ferie, men de kommer til september! Lige nu taenker jeg aerlig talt : jeg holder ikke et halvt aar!! Jeg bor sammen med Therese et sted med en masse boern fordi det er et boligkvarter agtigt sted.! Og saa er der en mor og en far! de er super soede, men de bor saa meget anderledes end i DK, og saa har vi endda faeet af vide at det er meget vestligt! De har ikke noget bad, eller ordentligt toilet, og paa vaeeggene haenger der pubber med dyr i... Deres mad er ogsaa ekstremt speciel og vi kan naesten ikke spise noget!! Paa vej hertil ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri August 27th 2008

8/24/08 Wow, the last couple of weeks have been extremely busy and this post is way overdue. Since so much has happened recently I’m going to try and hit the main points and leave out all the small stuff. Before I start, I just wanted to let everyone know that I wasn’t the only person that locked themselves in the bathroom on site visit. Another trainee broke the door handle like I did, but he was by himself so he was stuck in there for 45 minutes until someone came by to check on him. The first meaningful event was my language assessment. In the week leading up to the assessment interview we practiced and had a number of mock interviews with our language trainers. I felt confident that I would pass and really wasn’t nervous ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Akrokerri August 9th 2008

8/7/08 I just got back to home stay in Old Tafo from my site visit in Akrokerri. Before we left for site we had a counterpart workshop where we meet our headmaster and counterpart from our respective schools, or at least we were supposed to. My headmaster didn’t come. Instead he sent two teachers to the workshop. The vast majority of the material covered I had already heard at least three or four times. The real purpose of the workshop was to inform the headmasters and counterparts about the Peace Corps and its policies because it is the first time many of the schools have had Peace Corps Volunteers. We did have a pretty awesome traditional night where a couple of different groups played music and danced in the style of northern and southern clans. The ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi August 3rd 2008

Greetings once again from Kumasi. I was missing this place, it so much more pleasant than Accra. I will be here for a few days doing some follow-up work with clients. Just me and two students this time, my "All-Stars" so I'm looking forward to working with them again. Last night in Accra I took in a series of boxing matches at this outdoor ring they had put up on the court where I've played basketball in the city. The visual alone was great, an open-air boxing ring with scaffolding and flood lights, loud city noises beyond the wall, and few hundred people and tv cameras watching intently. Of course my mind wandered to Ali-Foreman and the rumble in the jungle, even if this was not world-class fighters. The bouts were a series of title fights ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi July 26th 2008

on july 23rd we drove to kumasi from bolgatanga. i think it took about 6-7 hours. on the way we stopped at the water falls & a monkey santuary. we were able to feed the monkeys, so i got some really great pictures. we stayed at the kumasi catering guest house. it was really nice except in our room the hot water didn't work & the other night kim and i stayed up til 2am trying to kill these huge spiders that were taking over our room. we went to bed without killing the really big one. i woke up the next morning, opened my suit case and there it was... i freaked out. thank god kim killed it. so the 24th we went to the weaving center, a school (finally!!!), a print/weaving place, the craft ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi July 12th 2008

Question: What do you do when someone puts their hands in your food? Answer: Nothing! You eat it or you starve because peoples’ hands are *always* in your food! Hahaha, I was just amusing myself this morning when I was thinking about how many things I would not find normal at home. The hands in the food is the one that seemed the strangest to me. I was served my oatmeal for breakfast and my host mom felt the need to stick her finger in it to try it and see if it needed more sugar. Now, if I didn’t see the way that my daily fufu and soup were made, I might have been surprised. But as it is, I just went ahead and ate my breakfast. Now the question is: what would you do?! ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi July 8th 2008

The challenge was answered. Here is a cool little Google Earth snapshot of the communities, although Google did not get Krobo or Nkwanta's locations right, but other than that it is a good portrait of where we traveled for the two weeks of market research. As you'll notice the communities further north are in more brown-colored (dry) terrain, and that meant more poverty too with less agricultural options. This has been confirmed this past week, as I have started to do data-entry for questionnairres gathered by both my teams in Techiman (who traveled in the Brong Ahafo region) and the research teams based in Kumasi (who traveled in the Ashanti region). The Ashanti region is lush and contains gold and other mineral deposits, which has made it one of the richer parts of the country--it is ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi July 7th 2008

Don't worry Mom, this one is strictly observational. Last weekend I hitched a ride back from the Boabeng-Fiema monkey sanctuary in the back of an NGO's pickup. As we rolled into Techiman I noticed a large crowd circled in a gas station parking lot. From my vantage standing up in the back of the truck, I could see that there was a little hole in the center of the circle, into which young men were jumping periodically from the broader crowd. As we got closer, I noticed they were jumping in and also kicking and stomping at something on the ground, which I couldn't quite see because of the people standing tightly packed, probably at least 150 or 200 of them. As we rolled by in the slow Sunday traffic I watched for about 30 seconds, ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi July 5th 2008

Happy birthday America. Yeah, I'm a day late, but I was toasting you last night with a few other Americans, celebrating my return to Kumasi, so let's call it close enough The field work concluded yesterday with a successful visit to one last town, Wenchi. Spirits were high, as the students get to return to awaiting moms and home-cooked fufu (one of them claimed yesterday he gets his "big muscles" from a life of mashing the cassavas for his mom's fufu, I'll have to try that workout on for size and see what happens), and my co-worker gets to spend a weekend with his wife and kid for the first time in a month. As for me, I got to go to a decidedly expat-centric restaurant last night and have a hand-made veggie-burger. Tonight I am ... read more

Africa » Ghana » Ashanti » Kumasi July 5th 2008

This week one of the comments left here came courtesy of the official gardener of this blog, whose tomatoes are the stuff of blue-ribbon legend back home, and it mentioned giving Google Earth a workout tracking our village hopping over the past two weeks. That got me wondering just how many of these little dots on the map we've been visiting show up on the web, so if someone has the time, I'd love to know how many of the following towns/cities show up on Google Earth: Krobo Tromeso Nkoranza Subinso Chiraa Sunyani Berekum D. Nkwanta Ejura Nsawkaw Wenchi... read more

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